Continuing Charles F. Kettering’s

Philanthropic Legacy


About Us

The family of Charles F. Kettering welcomes you to Kettering Family Philanthropies. Located in Dayton, Ohio, this umbrella organization manages two private foundations that support a wide variety of charitable causes of interest to the Kettering Family

Since each funding entity operates with separate missions and decision-making bodies, we ask that you carefully consider the information presented below and on each organization's website to determine which is the most appropriate one to submit an application for a grant.

Applicants may apply to only one Kettering Family Foundation entity and/or The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation during a twelve-month period.

Our Funding Entities


Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958) was an American inventor, founder of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco), and head of the General Motors Research Laboratory for twenty-seven years.

He was born in Loudonville, Ohio and lived most of his life in Dayton, Ohio. He was involved in many philanthropic projects during his lifetime, a legacy which the Kettering Family adopted and continues.

To read a biography of Charles F. Kettering, click here

To read the Kettering Digest, click here.